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Published on Apr 1, 2012
Raised bead embroidery projects I've been working on, encouragement from viewers, and some infuriating, yet illuminating history. If you're interested in this, you should check out this fantastic website:
There are some awesome classes offered by artist Rosemary Hill.
Documentation from the site offered this politically and culturally relevant nugget: "Following the issuance of the order banning the sale, the Indian women are understood to have complained to Albany and to have secured the support of local women in backing up their plea for a restoration of their old privilleges. Permits are now being issued, Chief Levee stated, to all those women who have sold goods on the park lands in the past. No newcomers are being given permits, he said."
Other sites claim the state currently issues one (as in 1, singular) out of five (as in 5, less than a half dozen) permits to sell beadwork to Niagara Falls tourists. Why? Trade is a right, not a "privilege."
The sad fact is, government almost whiped out this artform.